China releases five Indians detained near Tibet

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New Delhi

China on Saturday released five Indian nationals it detained in a region bordering Tibet, the Indian army said, days after the two sides agreed to dial down tensions on their disputed frontier. The men, who the Indian side said had accidentally strayed into Chinese territory, were escorted back across the high-altitude frontier by the People’s Liberation Army to the border town of Kibithu.
“After quarantine of 14 days for Covid-19 they will be handed over to family members,” an Indian defense spokesman said on Twitter. There was no official confirmation of the release from China, but the state-run Global Times tabloid claimed the men were “Indian intelligence staff who had disguised themselves as hunters.” It reported that the men had trespassed and that Chinese officials had “detained, warned and educated” them.

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